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AKAI Force 3.0.5 update

Released in February 2019, the Akai Force has since enjoyed a stream of firmware updates, the latest being firmware 3.0.5, released in October. The features added as part of this update are so monumental that it’s almost turned the Force into a new product again. We couldn’t let this update sink in without giving readers a thorough overview of it.

But first, let’s recap. The Force is a sampler and sequencer related to other Akai products such as the MPC Live. It hosts software instruments and effects, and features audio and MIDI editing tools. It can be used as a fully standalone unit, with no computer, or closely integrated with a computer, especially one running Ableton Live. With 64 pads, eight knobs, a seven-inch diagonal touchscreen, and audio, MIDI and CV gate connectivity, it’s a well-rounded

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